Cathy Gomez’s top 10 picks of Del Mar
1. Quaint Del Mar
Discover the charming town of Del Mar. Stroll around, do a little shopping or simply watch the world go by in one of the many cafes or bars.
2. The San Diego Zoo
See the world-famous San Diego Zoo, home to more than 4,000 rare and endangered animals, along with the largest colony of koalas outside of Australia. Without a doubt, it’s San Diego’s most popular attraction.
3. Beautiful Balboa Park
Open spaces, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, Balboa Park contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo – a combination of culture, arts and nature at its finest!
4. Cabrillo National Monument
Cabrillo National Monument commemorates the landing of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. It was the first time a European expedition had set foot on what later became the West Coast of the United States.
5. Torrey Pines State Park
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is 2,000 acres of coastal state park located in the community of La Jolla. Although technically within San Diego’s city limits, this area remains one of the wildest stretches of undeveloped land on the Southern California coast. It’s a great place to hike and take in the amazing views.
6. Little Italy
Experience Little Italy’s dining scene. The lively neighborhood is packed with distinctive eateries, craft brew pubs, urban wine bars, cocktail hotspots and casual cafés, helmed by old-school Italian families and Top Chef Alums alike.
7. Coronado: the Crown Jewel by the Sea
Coronado is a California resort city on a peninsula in San Diego Bay. Its home to the famed Hotel Del Coronado, a Victorian grand dame that opened in 1888. Across from the hotel, the wide, flat Coronado Beach draws surfers and sunbathers. Its western stretch includes leash-free Coronado Dog Beach. The Coronado Ferry Landing has shops, restaurants and a small beach. Nearby, Centennial Park offers San Diego skyline views.
8. La Jolla - The Seaside Jewel
La Jolla is a smart seaside area, known for its rugged coastline. Trails wind past pine trees and sandstone canyons in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, while the two courses at world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course sit atop sea cliffs. La Jolla Cove has sweeping ocean views, and the Shell Beach tide pools are home to anemones and crabs. Posh boutiques and waterfront restaurants dot walkable La Jolla Village.
9. Liberty Public Market
Liberty Public Market is open 7 days a week and showcases the best of everything San Diego has to offer. Stroll through the market and enjoy prepared foods, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, produce, fish, desserts and pastries, pastas, arts and crafts, a test kitchen, pop-up dinners, and much more … all in a beautiful rustic environment.
10. Epic View - Sunset Cliffs
Take in a San Diego sunset at none other than the beautiful Sunset Cliffs. Sunset Cliffs is one of San Diego’s most photographed views, with a path that spans picturesque beaches and parks. There is no better time than sunset for a romantic stroll.